ASCO: axi-cel in ZUMA-1

Retreatment (reTx) of patients (pts) with refractory large B-cell lymphoma with axi-cabtagene ciloleucel (axi-cel) in ZUMA-1

Abstract No : 8012

Abstract Type : Oral Abstract Session

Indication : Diffused Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL)

Intervention : Yescarta

Company : Kite, a Gilead Company

Technology : CAR T Cell Therapy


Thirteen pts in Cohorts 1 – 4 received axi-cel reTx. Prior to 1st Tx, most pts (69%) had an IPI score 3-4, 85% had disease stage 3-4, and the median number of prior regimens was 3 (range, 2 – 6). At first Tx, 6 pts achieved a CR, 6 achieved partial response (PR), and 1 pt had stable disease (SD) prior to PD. Median duration of first response was 96 days (range, 56 – 274). There was no Grade ≥ 3 cytokine release syndrome (CRS; 6 pts each had Grade 1 and 2). There were no Grade 4 or 5 neurologic events (NEs; 2 pts had Grade 1, 1 had Grade 2, and 7 had Grade 3). Upon reTx, 54% of pts achieved response (4 CR, 3 PR). Response to reTx was more common among pts who achieved CR at 1st Tx (83%; 4/6 CR, 1 PR, 1 SD) than in pts who achieved PR at 1st Tx (33%; 2/6 PR, 1 SD, 3 PD), and no response was observed in the pt with SD at 1st Tx. Median duration of response at reTx was 81 days (range, 1 – 225+). Response with reTx was longer than that with 1st Tx for 2 pts. One pt remains in response 255 days post-reTx. Comparable rates of CRS were observed with reTx as with 1st Tx. Compared with 1st Tx, fewer pts experienced NEs with reTx, and those that did occur were of lower grade: 23% (3 of 13 pts) had Grade 3; 23% (3 of 13 pts) had Grade 1, and 8% (1 of 13 pts) had Grade 2. Peak CAR T cell expansion was lower upon reTx vs 1st Tx (median, 4.3 vs 66.1 CAR gene-marked cells/µL blood).


Based on this limited sample size, reTx with axi-cel may have clinical efficacy, although transient, in some pts, especially those who achieve CR with 1st Tx. CAR T cell expansion and severe CRS and NEs may be attenuated at reTx. Further studies with additional pts are needed to confirm these results.


CAR T cell therapy efficacy in LBCL patients who earlier had complete response to first line needs to be explored further.

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